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Men’s Lacrosse vs. Towson Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (6-1=2, 1-0):
A- Ryan Smith (7 goals, 3 assists, 6 ground balls)
A- Chris Jones (9 goals, 3 assists, 11 ground balls)
A- Matt Latham (12 goals, 3 assists, 15 ground balls)
M- Alex Hopmann (20 goals, 2 assists, 8 ground balls)
M- Peet Poillon (12 goals, 16 assists, 6 ground balls)
M- Kyle Wimer (16 goals, 9 assists, 25 ground balls)
D- Brian Schneider (9 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)
D- Kevin Goedeke (9 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
D- Steve Settembrino (11 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
GK- Jeremy Blevins (78 saves, 53.8save%)
FO- Justin Radebaugh (30-78, 38.5%)

Key Reserves:
A- Rob Grimm (5 goals, 9 assists, 6 ground balls)
A- Rich May (2 goals, 3 assists, 1 ground ball)
M- Jamie Kimbles (3 goals, 0 assists, 1 ground ball)
LSM- Mike Camardo (25 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)
D- Matt Kresse (3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover)

Towson (4-4, 2-0):
A- Bill McCutcheon (17 goals, 8 assists, 6 ground balls)
A- Matt Lamon (2 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls)
A- Tim Stratton (5 goals, 3 assists, 13 ground balls)
M- Brock Armour (5 goals, 4 assists, 6 ground balls)
M- Randall Cooper (4 goals, 8 assists, 8 ground balls)
M- Justin Schneider (2 goals, 6 assists, 3 ground balls)
D- Joe Wascavage (16 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers)
D- Marc Ingerman (7 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
D- Matt Richter (16 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)
GK- Rob Wheeler (85 saves, 56.7save%)
FO- Mitchell Rosenberg (92-152, 60.1%)

Key Reserves:
A- Will Harrington (6 goals, 1 assists, 3 ground balls)
A- Pat Britton (4 goals, 0 assists, 1 ground ball)
M- Scott Ruhl (2 goals, 1 assists, 3 ground balls)
M- Peter Mezzanotte (2 goals, 1 assists, 15 ground balls)
M- Mitchell Rosenberg (1 goal, 0 assists, 52 ground balls)
D- Cameron Zook (16 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)

Aside from being two local rivals, this game has potential to b very interesting. UMBC has won their last three, as has Towson. UMBC has a very high powered and potent offense. Towson has a shutdown defense. UMBC struggles with face-offs. Towson is one of the best face-off teams. All this game is going to boil down to is UMBC’s midfield vs. Towson’s defense. Towson has a dominate defense, especially over the last few games. But UMBC has three of the best midfielders in the country, all of whom are being considered for player of the year. The safe bet would be to go with UMBC for the win. They are at home, ranked six in the nation with a very high powered offense and great goalie. But Towson will not just sit down and let UMBC walk all over them. Bill McCutcheon is a mismatch for defenses and can have a lot of success. He can pass the ball off to somebody while he’s double teamed and make teams pay that way. UMBC’s biggest problem is face-offs. Towson very well may dominatw face-offs but Zimmerman is sticking with his man in Justin Radebaugh. Get him experience for the future and realize he’s just a freshman. Just hope your defense can hold up and the offense can get in a rhythm and make up for the lack of face-offs won.

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Written by Corey Johns

March 31, 2009 at 1:17 am

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